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Special Announcement on Ebola Preparedness October 24, 2014

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

The health of our campus community is important to all of us. We are aware of the occurrence of the Ebola Virus Disease in some areas of Africa and elsewhere, including in the United States. While the diagnosis of cases of Ebola within the U.S. is attracting a great deal of media attention and raising understandable concerns, it is important to note the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the general U.S. population. Though the risk of an Ebola case in the UH campus community is also remote, campus leaders and health officials are coordinating preparedness efforts.

How UH is Responding

Senior campus administrators and the UH Health Center have been focused on the following measures:

  • Daily monitoring of CDC advisories on the Ebola outbreak
  • Ongoing coordination with campus offices, including UH’s Emerging Health Issues Advisory (EHIA) Group, Learning Abroad, and International Student and Scholar Services
  • Advising travelers traveling to and from areas of ongoing transmission
  • Monitoring and evaluating returning travelers who may be at risk
  • Assessing and reinforcing infection control measures and equipment
  • Proactive planning with local and state public health officials and campus partners on how to manage a potential exposure to, or a suspect case of, the Ebola virus

Advice for Travelers

Our UH community has a valuable tradition of public service, research, teaching and education abroad. We urge anyone considering travel to high-risk areas to be aware of local conditions and take appropriate precautions. The University recommends that all students, faculty and staff follow the CDC's Travel notices, which urge U.S. citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Stay Updated

For the latest information about Ebola, we encourage you to visit the CDC website, which also includes a comprehensive guide to the symptoms of Ebola. As the situation evolves, we’ll continue to monitor updates and share information as necessary on the UH Health Center website.

Rest assured, the University will continue to take every precautionary measure necessary to ensure the well-being of our community.

Paula Myrick Short, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Richard Walker, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services